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Austin Answered: What’s the story behind Austin’s ‘Ramp of Mystery’?

If you search on Google Maps for “Ramp of Mystery,” a curious Southeast Austin landmark appears, a concrete structure that leads to nowhere, sitting in an overgrown field.  It’s a steep ramp with too much of an incline to walk up easily. To the...

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Facebook’s ‘Engagement bait’ crackdown and 2018 predictions from Omarstradamus on Texas Standard

Even while some of us were busy taking extra-long winter vacation naps and cleaning up several tons of wrapping paper off the floor, 512tech and Texas Standard’s radio program rolled along over Christmas and New Year. Here are two tech-related segments...

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Social Media Week Austin is coming back in February

Social Media Week Austin, a three-day event focused on social media and digital marking, is coming back in 2018, returning to town after its 2017 debut. The event is scheduled for Feb. 26-28, and is put on by Best Practice Media. The event, which...

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The dilemma for Twitter, Snap and Facebook: Go for growth, or give users what they want?

 According to The Emily Post Institute, when somebody gives you a gift you don’t want, the etiquette is pretty clear: “Issue a warm thank-you; after all, someone did buy you a gift, even if they missed the mark.” If the gift is a complete misfire...

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These three websites will scare you silly for Halloween

You could go see a scary movie or terrify yourself by simply viewing the day’s headlines, but why not enjoy some more old-fashioned creepy vibes from the nearest web browser? Here are three sites you may have missed that will get you in the Halloween...

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What happens when Facebook’s Order Food joins the restaurant-delivery scene?

The on-demand economy continues to get more demanding: Friday morning, Facebook is announcing its getting into the food-delivery game, at least as a conduit to existing delivery options. With the introduction of a new feature, “Order Food” that debuts...

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Discussing online immigrant-tracking policies from Homeland Security with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we talked about the Department of Homeland Security’s mixed messages on whether it will be tracking social media accounts and search results not only for immigrants with green cards, but also naturalized...

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Twitter announces test of new 280-character limit for tweets

Twitter announced Tuesday that it may be expanding the character limit for tweets from 140 characters to 280. >> Read more trending news  In an official Twitter blog post, the company said it is going to experiment with a longer limit by making...

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Friday Tech Crawl: Facebook to hand over Russian ad info, Apple TV 4K reviews and Uber’s license not renewed in London

Happy Friday, Austinites! Here are some of the tech stories we’re reading today: Zuck speaks up as Facebook says it’ll hand over Russian-ad info Mark Zuckerberg took to his own social network for a live video message about Facebook’s recent troubles...

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Friday Tech Crawl: Facebook enabled anti-Semitic ads, Alphabet may invest $1 billion in Lyft and what social-media influencers get paid

Happy Friday, Austin! Here are some of the tech stories we’re watching this morning: Facebook shifts course after anti-Semitic ads go through After the news site ProPublica investigated how easy it is to get ads targeting users with anti-Semitic...

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